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Thursday, September 28, 2006
Former Test Cricketer Ravi Shastry seems to enjoy a better popularity as a Test Commentator, it looks. Or otherwise does he have a feeling of inflated importance. It may not be either of them, but Cricketer Ravi Shashtry who should have been the chief guest for the audio and CD release function of Ravichandran starrer Ravi Shashtry produced by Sandesh Nagaraj excused himself as he did not get what he demanded.
Velu of Lahari Audio which is entering the big star cast film audio marketing field after a long gap. A grand celebration was also planned, but the demands raised by the cricketer was too expensive for the audio company to get him to the function.
The audio and CD release function of Kannada film Ravi Shashtry produced by Sandesh Nagaraj, featuring Ravichandran and Sneha was held at Atria Hotel in Bangalore on Wednesday night. Ravichandran was conspicuous by his absence, but investigations by the portal revealed that neither Sandesh Nagaraj nor Velu had imagined that the ex cricketer would raise such demands for a simple presence in the function.
We had agreed to pay to and from air charges plus five star accommodations for Ravi Shasthry. We had thought since our film had the title of the well known cricketer, he would be happy to come to the function and release the audio. But he demanded a sum of Rs. 5 lacs. We had established contacts with Ravi shashtry through a mutual friend from Mumbai. We thought this additional expenditure would be too expensive for a Kannada film' says Velu.
Incidentally down south, Velu says many leading super stars of the film industry will agree to participate in any film related functions including the audio release function without demanding anything. 'Many a times they will make their own arrangements for coming to the function' says Velu.
Incidentally, Ravi Shashtry has also acted in films. In one of his films Stumped he plays his own real life character.
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